QTECTraining.gifThe Queensland Teachers' Education Centre (QTEC) is responsible for the coordination, planning and delivery of the Union's member education and training program.

The Union offers a range of training and professional development opportunities for all members of the Union in Brisbane and regional areas. Topics such as LCCs, knowing your working conditions and effective negotiations are included in a program of afternoon seminars which are advertised through workplace union reps and on this website.

QTEC also provides training to administrators, area council delegates, women activists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, TAFE and new educator members.

QTEC coordinates a professional development program for all members on behaviour management and other current educational issues in metropolitan and country areas. These sessions are held after school locally as well as full day courses. Paid leave to attend full day professional development courses is available, with the approval of the principal, in accordance with EQ’s professional development policy.

The Union's commitment to new teachers is a priority and is a strong focus of the training program throughout the year. These conferences and courses provide opportunities for new teachers to contribute to Union priorities and directions.

Contacting the Queensland Teachers' Education Centre 

For all enquiries contact Pauline Gagiero, QTEC Coordinator on 07 3512 9000, fax 07 3512 9050, email qtec@qtu.asn.au 

The Union offers a range of courses and seminars focusing on supporting its members by developing skills in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, campaigning, public speaking, assertive communication and many others. QTEC includes training and professional development sessions for:

  • Union Reps
  • Women Activists
  • Administrators
  • Area Council delegates
  • School & Branch Activists
  • New Educators
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members
  • TAFE Activists
  • Associate members

Online training

  • Please contact QTEC Coordinator Pauline Gagiero with enquiries about online training: qtec@qtu.asn.au or 07 3512 9000

Positive Behaviour Management

Our very successful Positive Behaviour Management seminars will again be held in 2019. 

Attendance at the QTU professional development seminars contributes to your Queensland College of Teachers' requirements for continuing professional development

Contact Pauline Gagiero (QTEC) 07 3512 9000 or email qtec@qtu.asn.au if you require further information.

Courses on offer

Union Reps

QTEC conducts training afternoons for new reps and experienced union representatives.

Union Reps (Advanced)

This popular training session is open to Union Reps who have previously completed an introductory course and for reps who wish to update their skills and awareness of current union campaigns.

The content includes campaigning, workplace negotiations, conflict management and others.

Union Reps Conference

The aim of the conference every year is to bring together as many QTU reps as possible to plan campaigns and develop strategies as well as to provide an opportunity for reps from around the state to get together.

Women Activists

Afternoon forums are conducted for women activists with guest speakers and senior officers facilitating. Training sessions are organised by the QTU Women’s Officer and focus on women teachers working conditions, anti-discrimination and harassment, legal protection for teachers, women in the QTU and women in leadership.

Administrators training

These afternoon sessions are held in Brisbane and regionally for principals, deputy principals, HODs, HOSESs. The program includes current issues and campaigns as well as legal issues for educational administrators.

A professional conference for Education Leaders is held annually in Brisbane.

Area Council Training

This course is for area council delegates / proxies and aims to skill area council delegates in the operations of the union.

In Brisbane, this course is held on a Saturday morning followed by lunch and combined Area Council meetings for six Area Council groups, however this format may vary in regional areas.

The content covers issues such as members’ rights and entitlements, report writing, organising branch-based campaigns and strategies on increasing Union involvement.

New Educators

New educator events are conducted in Brisbane and regions including an annual new educator professional conference, held in Brisbane.

All new educator programs cover a number of issues effecting new teachers, including working conditions and entitlements, the role and operations of the Queensland Teachers' Union, legal issues, induction and probation as well as behaviour management.

In 2012 the QTU established a new educator network (NEN) group with new educators from all regions of Queensland forming part of the NEN group for that year. In 2013 and 2014 additional new educators were nominated to be part of the NEN group. This QTU initiative is to involve new educators in important areas of the union’s activities and planning. Training for NENs includes public speaking and activism and advocacy skills.

TAFE Activists

TAFE activists training is available in all areas of Queensland and focuses on issues of relevance to TAFE, TAFE structural issues, campaigning, using the media, recruitment, role of the Union Representative and current issues.

Professional Development

Behaviour Management courses with Jo Lange have been conducted in Brisbane and the regions since 2003.

The Union also provides professional development sessions in the areas of assertiveness and women in leadership as well as other programs most frequently requested.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conference

A biennial conference conducted by QTEC on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members is scheduled for Brisbane in 2019.

QTU Associate Member support

The QTU provides support to Associate Members through university visits as well as delivering programs on areas of importance to new teachers. These include the benefits of Union membership and their industrial and professional rights.

Glen Pearsall, an author of several books on classroom behaviour, conducts sessions in November each year for students in their final years of education training. This seminar has been run by the QTU for a number of years and is very successful. It provides a high level of support to our third and fourth year associate members on classroom management.

QTEC statewide

The Union is committed to the provision of services and training for members statewide, including those in rural and remote areas. Course materials are available for use anywhere in the state. All QTEC courses are facilitated by organisersand Brisbane-based officers in conjunction with QTEC to meet the needs of our members statewide. 

As well as providing training for QTU representatives, afternoon seminars and forums for all members are held in many areas in Queensland. These seminars focus on women's issues, superannuation, teachers and the law and new teachers.

Course schedule for 2019

QTEC Schedule Semester Two, 2019

Download QTEC schedule for semester 2, 2019 here (pdf format) 

Email qtec@qtu.asn.au for details.




Union Reps Training

Thursday 10 October


Union Reps Training

Monday 14 October


Union Reps Training

Thursday 17 October


Union Reps Training/Area Council (SUAC/WBAC)

Friday 18, Saturday 19 October

Sunshine Coast

Union Reps Training (Advanced)

Friday 18 October


Union Reps Training

Friday 18 October

North Lakes

Union Reps Training (Advanced)

Tuesday 22 October


Navigating the industrial landscape for school leaders

Tuesday 22 October


Promotion Panel Training

Tuesday 22 October


Union Reps Training

Wednesday 23 October


Union Reps Training

Thursday 24 October

Charters Towers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Member Seminar

Friday 25 October


Union Reps Training

Tuesday 29 October


Union Reps Training

Tuesday 29 October


Union Reps Training

Tuesday 29 October


Union Reps Training

Wednesday 6 November


Union Reps Training

Thursday 7 November


Union Reps Training

Tuesday 12 November


Union Reps Training

Thursday 14 November


Union Reps Training

Thursday 26 November

Gold Coast TBC

Completed courses
New Educator Network (NEN) 19 Friday 26, Saturday 27 July Brisbane
Union Reps Training Thursday 1 August Sunshine Coast
Union Reps Training Tuesday 13 August Toowoomba
Union Reps Training Tuesday 13 August Gympie
Union Reps Training Wednesday 14 August Bundaberg
Union Reps (Advanced) Friday 16 August Cairns
Union Reps Training Wednesday 21 August Gold Coast
Union Reps Training Tuesday 27 August Toowoomba
Union Reps Training Tuesday 27 August Milton
Union Reps Training (Recruitment) Friday 30 August Springwood
Navigating the industrial landscape for school leaders Tuesday 3 September Brisbane
Regional Union Reps Conference Friday 6 September Cairns
Navigating the industrial landscape for school leaders Wednesday 11 September Springwood
Union Reps Training Wednesday 18 September Moranbah
Union Reps Training Thursday 19 September Emerald

 Please note that all QTEC courses are subject to change and will be advertised through union reps.

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